US Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes Region to engage regional leaders on Burundi

General Adolphe Nshimirimana was assassinated earlier this month in Bujumbura

General Adolphe Nshimirimana was assassinated earlier this month in Bujumbura

US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello touring the area discuss with leaders on the ongoing efforts to press for the resumption of negotiations to end the 4-month conflict in Burundi.

Perriello, who is visiting Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola will engage leaders in ramping up pressure on Burundi authorities to renounce violence and return to the negotiating table and resolve their differences peacefully.

“The United States strongly supports the immediate resumption of dialogue among Burundian stakeholders as the best route to ending the escalating violence and restoring democratic legitimacy to the country,” the US state department said in a statement Tuesday

This month there has been a string of high profile political assassinations and political attacks in Burundi in which a former army chief of staff, and a prominent general in the army have been murdered, and a leading human rights activist badly injured.

The envoy’s trip will also focus “on upcoming elections in the region in furtherance of President Obama’s policy in support of democratic transitions.”

Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, and other countries are gearing up for presidential elections.

The state department statement further says Special Envoy will “focus as well on efforts to end the continued depredations ‎of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and pursue the unresolved implementation of the Nairobi Declarations guiding the reintegration of ex-M23 combatants in the D.R.C.”